Saturday funday didn’t start off too well as the old growler has got a puncture, so we had to go and get that sorted out, which was more difficult than it looked for various conspiratory reasons which I won’t go into now !!
She still hasn’t got done now!!
However, after a massive breakfast ( Saturday tradition as I have to work Sunday mornings – including this one – bummer! ), I watched Man U probably wrap up the title ( bastards ) by beating their local " rivals " , the Stuart " i’m fucking mental me " Pearce, lead Man City 1 – 0, whilst the old growler was upstairs STILL sorting out this presentation thing that she has got to do on Tuesday.
Personally I will be glad when all this collegey stuff is finished, for 3 reasons.
1. I will get my mrs. back
2. I will at long last get access to the keyboard on the computer.
3. Hopefully, with her newly gained qualification, i will be able to retire to the sun!
That last point was a bit tongue in cheek, I can’t afford to retire yet, & I’m too young anyway….
Then we made our way to Villa Park, where the Claret & Blue glory boys were taking on me old mate Lords team, Sheffield United, also known as the Blades, ( Sheffield, Steel , etc… ) for a match televised on Prem. Plus ( Sky TV ).
Unfortunately for Neil Warnock, the travelling fans , and the players of the aforementioned Blades, they happened to cop the Villa on THE day that we were celebrating winning THE European cup, 25 years ago.
Now that’s a trophy!
Our new owner Mr. Randy Lerner,
had arranged for all sorts of stuff to be laid on, free reprints on the local rag from 25 years ago, ( very interesting, just to see what was going on then ) free posters of the European Cup winning squad, and to top it all a FREE scarf for all villa fans who attended the match!!
Fuck me.. thats the first time I’ve ever got anything free off the Villa, and a quality scarf it is as well…
Before the match started, they had all the squad on the pitch,( which had had a great big star mown into it to match the star on the new badge ) complete with the Cup, and they paraded around the ground to a rapturous reception from the Villa fans, ( and to be fair, also from the blades as well ) as they made their way to the packed Holte End, where they were feted like the heroes they are.
Heroes.. 25 years on, complete with Cup
The Holte End.. now that’s what you call a stand!
25 years its taken to get something like this done,( due mainly to a certain Herbert Douglas Ellis & a touch of jealousy because he wasn’t there at the time ), and long overdue it was as well.
The squad have been treated like shit by the Villa for a long time, Mr. Lerner has realised this, & is taking positive steps to put a whole host of things right.
This lesson in footballing history from 1982, inspired our new heroes of 2007 & they played their socks off.
It was one of those days in football when we could have beaten anyone , and I do mean anyone.. Gabbys brilliant first goal, Ashley Youngs’ excellent second, Patrik Berger, who was outstanding all match, working a great one two with John Carew, then passing the ball into the net, we could have had 8.. no exaggeration chaps!!
Even Neil Warnock graciously admitted that whilst the blades were poor, they had caught the Villa at their best.. brilliant!
Special mention must be made here to a group of Sheffield fans in fancy dress, doing the conga up & down the front of the North stand, until heavy handed Tango men ( stewards ) and the babylon ( police ), broke up the party.
Comes to something when you see Batman & ScoobyDo being carted off with their hands behind their backs.. after all I thought they were on the RIGHT side of the law!!
The match finished & we waited until the current team had done their lap of honour, before we said our goodbyes to our mates around us, which was a little sad really, as they have become folks that it is a real pleasure to see, even if it is a tad infrequently.
To be honest it was great to be able to finish the season at the last home game, with a win, and a convincing one at that, and to be able to cheer them, and to look forward to next season, instead of wondering what the fuck will happen next year, and is it worth getting a season ticket.
I reckon yesterdays performance probably put 5000 on next seasons sales, its amazing what a good win can do for your confidence.
11th now. probably where we are going to finish, not great, but when tempered with the fact that under Mr. O’leary ( sorry Lord, here I go again! ) , relegation was a cert, a mid table finish is excellent.
Rll on next season!
This afternoon we are off to the opening of the new £20 MILLION training ground, again free, courtesy of Mr. Lerner, to have a lok round, take some photos, and hopefully meet up with some of the 1982 squad….double brilliant.. I can’t wait, it’s fair making the front of my trousers bulge with excitement.
I will let you know all about it later, plus upload some photos from yesterday.
I hope your weekend is a good as mine is turning out to be,
Keep it real folks, and enjoy your day off tomorrow, if you’ve got one!